The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has entered into a partnership with JobStreet, an online job portal, to provide free job ad postings to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help them recover from the economic crisis.

In a statement Wednesday, the DTI said the Lite Ad feature of the site will accept free postings by MSMEs, the number of which is estimated at over 120,000 by the DTI.

“We hope that this initiative will be of great help to many businesses as they recover,” JobStreet Country Manager Philip A. Gioca said.

Early next year, the project will host webinars and virtual training to teach employers how to attract the right candidates, optimize the hiring process, and engage the workforce.

“The DTI and our Negosyo Center have always been dedicated to strengthening our MSME sector. We thank JobStreet for working with us in this meaningful initiative and for supporting us with our goal of empowering more,” Bureau of Small and Mid-size Enterprises (SME) Development Director Jerry T. Clavesillas said.

In October, the unemployment rate hit 7.4%, the third-lowest level reported in 2021. — Luisa Maria Jacinta C. Jocson